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1 week ago

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Outsider Magazine
Now there's a project to keep you entertained for the weekend. Who would you trust enough to calculate the distance of that paddling pool?!!!!
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2 weeks ago

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Telephone Support Allowance
A new payment, the Telephone Support Allowance (TSA), was announced during Budget 2018 and comes into effect the week commencing 4 June 2018.
Those eligible to receive this payment, which is worth €2.50 a week, will receive a letter from the Department before 4 June to confirm that they qualify for it. TSA will be paid automatically to all eligible customers and there is no application form and no need to contact the Department to apply.
For further information on TSA, please see the FAQs below. These include details of eligibility requirements, rates, and how you will receive the TSA payment if you qualify.
1. What is the Telephone Support Allowance?
TSA is a payment for people who live alone and are already in receipt of certain other payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. It is intended to assist with the cost of communications and/or home security solutions.
2. How do I apply for TSA?
TSA will be paid automatically to customers of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection who are in receipt of one of the qualifying payments listed below and both the Living Alone Allowance and the Fuel Allowance. There is no application form.

Qualifying Schemes
• State Pension (Contributory and Non-Contributory)
• Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension
• Invalidity Pension
• Disability Allowance
• Blind Pension
• Disablement Pension (Incapacity Supplement)
• Deserted Wife’s Benefit
• Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme.
If you believe you should qualify for TSA, but are not receiving it after 4 June 2018, you can make contact with the Department. Contact details are given under question 9 below.
3. What is the Telephone Support Allowance rate?
TSA is an extra €2.50 per week, in addition to your primary payment, Living Alone and Fuel Allowances. It is equivalent to €130 annually.
4. When is the TSA payable from and how will it be paid?
TSA was announced in Budget 2018 and comes into effect the week commencing 4 June 2018. The first payment will be made that week on the same payment day as your primary payment and will be paid as an additional sum on top of your primary payment.
5. Where can I collect my payment?
Payments will be available by the same method as your weekly primary payment.
6. Is there a means test for TSA?
No, but you will already have satisfied a means test in order to qualify for Fuel Allowance (as well as some of the qualifying schemes).
7. What happens if my Fuel Allowance or Living Alone Allowance stops?
If you are no longer eligible to receive either Living Alone Allowance or Fuel Allowance then TSA will also stop.
8. I am in receipt of a UK fuel allowance; do I qualify for the TSA?
No, you must be in receipt of both Living Alone Allowance and Fuel Allowance from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
9. Whom do I contact for further information?
You will need to contact the DEASP section that pays your main pension or benefit if you have a question with regard to Telephone Support Allowance. The contact details for the qualifying schemes are listed below.

Longford - Disability Allowance/Invalidity Pension/Disablement Pension (Incapacity Supplement)/Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension under the Occupational Injuries Scheme:

Tel: (043) 334 0000
Locall: 1890 927 770*

Sligo - State Pension (Contributory/Non-Contributory) / Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension / Blind Pension / Deserted Wife’s Benefit:

Tel: (071) 915 7100
Locall: 1890 500 000*

* The rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers and cost significantly more from mobiles.
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2 weeks ago

West Cork Development Partnership

Rural Social Scheme doing its bit to help keep west Cork absolutely beautiful, thanks Anthony and Jerry! ... See MoreSee Less

Rural Social Scheme doing its bit to help keep west Cork absolutely beautiful, thanks Anthony and Jerry!

Change of rule for Rural Social Scheme July 2018

Great and positive news for Rural Social Scheme……..With effect from 5th July 2018 , the dependant spouse/civil partner/cohabitant of a qualified fisherman, who meets the existing underlying RSS eligibility criteria, can avail of a place on the rural social scheme instead of the qualified fisherman. Spousal swop will now be permitted for fisherpersons on the RSS and their spouse/partner must declare annually that they are actively fishing and part of the fishing enterprise. The qualifying fisherman must agree to give up their place on the scheme to their spouse/partner and give up their qualifying DEASP payment if their spouse/civil partner/cohabitant is accepted on the RSS. If you know anyone interested in the Rural Social Scheme or would like to find out more please contact Arran O Driscoll at 0238834035 or arran@wcdp.ie
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2 weeks ago

West Cork Development Partnership

Rural Social Scheme doing its bit to help keep west Cork absolutely beautiful, thanks Anthony and Jerry! ... See MoreSee Less

Rural Social Scheme doing its bit to help keep west Cork absolutely beautiful, thanks Anthony and Jerry!

Plastic Free July 2018 & Tap Map

Since its establishment in 2011 by a handful of people in Western Australia this campaign has gained huge momentum with participation by over 150 countries.

This initiative is building a global movement to build a world without plastic waste.
Log on to www.plasticfreejuly.org/ if you would like to find out more, it’s never too late!
Refill Ireland is a Refill campaign which is one way people can help to cut out plastic waste. With temperatures staying high why not invest in a reusable water bottle that you can fill up at the growing number of outlets in Cork.

The aim of 'Refill' is to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles by providing information on where to source free drinking water so that people can use their own reusable water bottles.

There is a 'tap map' which tells people who is involved and where the participating outlets are located.

Visit www.refill.ie for info.
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Plastic Free July 2018 & Tap Map
Since its establishment in 2011 by a handful of people in Western Australia this campaign has gained huge momentum with participation by over 150 countries. 
This initiative is building a global movement to build a world without plastic waste. 
Log on to http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/ if you would like to find out more, it’s never too late!
Refill Ireland is a Refill campaign which is one way people can help to cut out plastic waste. With temperatures staying high why not invest in a reusable water bottle that you can fill up at the growing number of outlets in Cork.  
The aim of Refill is to cut down on the use of plastic water bottles by providing information on where to source free drinking water so that people can use their own reusable water bottles. 
There is a tap map which tells people who is involved and where the participating outlets are located. 
Visit http://www.refill.ie for info.

RSS making use of these fine days to do some outside painting at Castlehaven GAA Club, thanks John! Up Cork. ... See MoreSee Less

RSS making use of these fine days to do some outside painting at Castlehaven GAA Club, thanks John! Up Cork.

2 weeks ago

West Cork Development Partnership

Adult Continuing Education (ACE) in University College Cork are pleased to offer a variety of community based part-time programmes commencing in autumn 2017. These programmes would be of interest to professionals, volunteers, and those with an interest in community and inclusion.

For further information and details on how to apply, please see www.ucc.ie/en/ace/
Or contact
Email: ace@ucc.ie
Telephone@ 021-4904700
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Adult Continuing Education (ACE) in University College Cork are pleased to offer a variety of community based part-time programmes commencing in autumn 2017. These programmes would be of interest to professionals, volunteers, and those with an interest in community and inclusion.
For further information and details on how to apply, please see https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace/
Or contact 
Email:  ace@ucc.ie 
Telephone@ 021-4904700

 

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